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Friday, July 8, 2016

Bomb-Sniffing Locusts

Navy Grants $750,000 to Develop Bomb-Sniffing Locusts

Travis M. Andrews | July 6, 2016

Locusts came to fame as agents of destruction during the eighth plague of Egypt in the Bible, but some researchers envision a new occupation for the humble insects: cyborg bomb detectors.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Office of Naval Research has given Washington University in St. Louis associate biomedical engineering professor Baranidharan Raman and his team a $750,000, three-year grant to continue his research into turning ordinary locusts into military tools.
The idea is simple, even if the execution is not. 

(The US navy expects to have bomb-sniffing locusts within a year. July 6, 2016) Source:

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